The Friends of Valley Railroad are “dedicated to the awareness, appreciation, and historic preservation of railroads through education and participation, primarily focusing on the original Connecticut Valley Railroad and its successor companies from 1871 to the present day.” In particular, their efforts support the Connect Valley Railroad Company’s historic Essex Steam Train and Riverboat at the Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park. The Friends support the renovation of historic engines and passenger cars. The organization hosts events throughout the year to educate the public and to raise funds in support of their goals. Current projects include the renovation of the Landon Lumber Caboose, track restoration, and equipment maintenance. The Friends also maintain the grounds of the Goodspeed Yard Office.